Christianity and Modernity
This book is derived from diverse professional responsibilities; learning, teaching and publishing in the subject, as well as from invaluable friend- ships and good discussions. Experience of full-time parochial ministry in the Church of England, though now long distant, remains a valued and formative inf luence. I am profoundly grateful for all this. Some friends have read drafts and I am appreciative of their comments, particularly the more trenchant ones. For reasons explained in the Preface, much of what follows is a form of a generational accountability. It is unfinished work. Christian theology understands that it will be so until the arrival of the Kingdom of God. It is the vision of that which inspires and sustains Christians in making the most they can of their lives. In this they must share their endeavours with all people of good will. That is why so much of what follows has such regard for insight from wherever it may be found. The vast labour of the search for knowledge which this entails is not simply for its own sake. It is undertaken in the hope of gleaning some practical insight into ways of improving the human lot. I would willingly start this ongoing labour again right from the beginning, if given the opportunity. There is much imperfection in what follows. For that I remain solely responsible. It will be for others to reply to that in their various ways. Frankness in that, as here, will be welcomed. I ask only that any...
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